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September 17, 2019

DNA Prosecutors investigate the use of official convoys. General Prosecutor, former vice-premier and the Patriarch, under scrutiny

The National Anti-Corruption Directorate (DNA) announced that a criminal file was registered on Thursday, as a result of two denounces concerning the legality of the repeated use of accompanying devices by institution leaders, concerning offences under DNA competences.

The denounces were made by a physical person and by a nongovernmental organisation, Agerpres reported.
According to sources, denounces referred to General Prosecutor Tiberiu Nitu, to former Vice-Premier Gabriel Oprea and to the Patriarch of the Orthodox Church Daniel.
DNA Prosecutors allegedly demanded the file on Gabriel Oprea concerning the death of police officer Bogdan Gigina from the General Prosecutors’ Office, B1 TV reported.
Vice-Premier Gabriel Oprea has used the official convoy in January – October 2015 for no less than 1,607 rides, both to public institutions and private destinations, more than the added rides of the President and of the Prime Minister. Unlike Gabriel Oprea, President Klaus Iohannis has had, in the same time interval, 580 urgent missions, and former Prime Minister Victor Ponta – 814 rides accompanied by Police escort. The information is released in the ordinance issued by the Bucharest Prosecutors’ Office, that declined competence in favour of the General Prosecutors’ Office to solve the file concerning the death of police officer Bogdan Gigina from Oprea’s official convoy.

The media reported that Prosecutor General Tiberiu Nitu also uses the official convoy on a daily basis, even outside of Bucharest. Moreover, sources reported to Ziare.com that, during one of such travels, this summer, a police officer on the motorcycle fell and broke his leg, requiring a plaster bandage. Nonetheless, representatives of the General Prosecutors Office denied that
Nitu had an official convoy; they explained he had an “accompanying and protection team”.
Moreover, after the media revealed that Patriarch Daniel was among the privileged in Romania and benefited by a front squad granted by Traffic Police, BOR representatives admitted they have the habit to request a car from the Internal Affairs Minister at official delegations, based on a protocol signed in 2008.

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